Intelligent pre-law students know that the most important factor affecting the quality (and enjoyment) of any University course is the instructor teaching it. LSAT Prep courses run 3-4 times longer than most college courses, making the instructor even more critical.
For this reason, and in stark contrast to the industry norm, ScoreItUp does not use part-time or student instructors with questionable teaching credentials and motivation, or who lack a law school education. Every lesson in all of ScoreItUp’s live and 24/7 online video courses is guaranteed to be taught by its owner, Mark Sacks.
ScoreItUp’s success is a direct result of Mark’s teaching enthusiasm and energy, his passion for the LSAT, and his ability to provide clear and precise instruction in a lighthearted and highly entertaining classroom environment. Mark’s lessons are designed to improve LSAT accuracy and speed significantly, and to maximize students’ potential on the LSAT by going far beyond the basics taught by corporate test prep companies.
You are welcome to view free LSAT Prep samples of Mark’s teaching or learn more about the spectacular +15 point average practice LSAT score increase of Mark’s students. Listed below are detailed summaries of Mark’s teaching credentials, teaching experience, LSAT Prep training and expertise, classroom lessons, and “soft factors” expertise:
- Extensive LSAT Prep teaching experience (including prior experience teaching for a national test prep company).
- UC Irvine Lecturer (taught over 35 full-length law courses).
- Teaches national seminars to junior lawyers throughout the nation.
- Consistently excellent student evaluations.
- Harvard Law School graduate (also accepted into Stanford, UC Berkeley (Boalt), UCLA, and UC Hastings law schools).
- Advisory committee member to Harvard University’s admission committee.
- Scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT
As a high school Valedictorian and summa cum laude college graduate, Mark has been tutoring students throughout his life. Teaching has been a lifelong passion of his and continues to be to this day.
Mark began teaching LSAT Prep for a large test prep company before law school. Over his career, Mark also has taught over 35 law courses to undergraduate and graduate students, primarily at UC Irvine. If you enjoy extremely thorough LSAT Prep instruction that also includes amusing stories of innovative and comical criminal defenses, fascinating “did-he-do-it” legal mysteries, and wild summer associate antics, you will thoroughly enjoy Mark’s courses!
Students can review extensive and candid evaluations of the quality of Mark’s teaching, since he is the only LSAT Prep instructor in the nation (to ScoreItUp’s knowledge) who provides students with a complete, unedited, and independently verifiable set of written student evaluations. See Student Comments for more details.
Mark received added training on the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts in law school and as a practicing attorney at some of the best firms in the nation. Mark’s legal reasoning training and teaching experience enable him to do more than just recognize correct answers to LSAT questions – they help him explain LSAT concepts and assist students’ ability to answer questions correctly.
Mark also received extensive training in legal writing during law school and as an attorney, allowing him to instruct students effectively on the LSAT’s Writing Sample. The Writing Sample tests a student’s persuasive legal writing ability and can influence whether or not one is accepted into law schools in borderline cases.
Mark’s students frequently have seen extraordinary increases in their LSAT scores, including students earning 99th percentile scores and gaining acceptance into the nation’s top law schools (including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, NYU, UC Berkeley (Boalt), Penn, Virginia, Michigan, UCLA, USC, etc.) – and they all come exclusively from Mark’s LSAT Prep courses in Orange County (i.e., these are not examples being “cherry-picked” from hundreds of classes taught across the nation!).
Mark revises and updates his LSAT Prep lessons each year. Because of ScoreItUp’s unique “instructor guarantee,” students know that their instructor is a LSAT Prep expert with proven results who has the ability to:
- Provide comprehensive instruction in everything from the basics taught by corporate test prep companies to the most challenging LSAT concepts,
- clearly articulate all of the fundamental LSAT Prep techniques necessary for maximizing one’s potential on the exam,
- focus on significantly improving accuracy and speed by extensive use of real LSAT questions in classroom drills, timed sections, and carefully structured study plans,
- demonstrate how to analyze efficiently an extraordinary number of real LSAT questions during course lessons,
- synthesize the best LSAT Prep material on the market, and present them in an engaging and efficient manner during classroom lessons, and
- answer student questions on even the most difficult LSAT questions.
In addition, ScoreItUp’s extensive online resources have been specifically designed to reinforce Mark’s lessons. The online information includes summaries of classroom lessons, detailed analysis of over 1000 real LSAT questions, and step-by-step explanations demonstrating how to attack each section of the exam. Students who miss lessons, or who want to reinforce the lessons, find these resources beneficial.
On a different note, Mark believes the process of achieving a great LSAT score also matters. A fun-filled classroom environment does not detract from the learning process, it enhances it. If you like the idea of mastering the LSAT while also hearing about how LSAT concepts play out in the sometimes fascinating and entertaining practice of law, you will be in for a treat!
Mark also provides a personalized approach to LSAT Prep that significantly amplifies the course’s rigorous lessons. Most students appreciate the ability to ask Mark questions outside of class about the LSAT, law school, and the legal profession (others simply enjoy ScoreItUp’s great pizza parties and having some fun!).
Students come from Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego to attend ScoreItUp’s Orange County LSAT Prep courses, and many have traveled from throughout the nation to take advantage of the significant benefits of Mark’s courses.
Mark’s ability to gain acceptance into the nation’s top law schools from UCSB was a result of having scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT, earning strong grades, and effectively presenting his intangible achievements (sometimes referred to as “soft factors”). Although Mark did not overcome unusual challenges or have special diversity characteristics, he was able to present his “soft factors” in a candid manner that appealed to law school admission committees.
However, Mark knows that LSAT Prep is about teaching students how to maximize their LSAT score, and ultimately how to get into the law schools of their choice. In close-call situations, knowing how to present one’s “soft factors” favorably can make the difference between law school acceptance and rejection.
Mark’s extensive discussions with law school admission members from a variety of law schools, his work on the advisory committee to Harvard University’s admission committee, and his own law school experiences provide him with tremendous insights into the law school application process. In addition to helping students master the LSAT, Mark routinely assists them in presenting their unique life history in a powerful way that resonates with law school admission committees.
If you are seeking a LSAT Prep course that demands top-quality instruction, 100% focus upon the most relevant and important classroom instruction material, and a lively and entertaining classroom atmosphere, ScoreItUp is the course for you!